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IAC BASEBALL: TIOGA FALLS UNBEATEN UNION SPRINGS, 11-1, IN SMALL SCHOOLL TITLE GAME (24 PHOTOS) (2024-05-11)

Valley Sports Report
AURORA, N.Y. — Unbeaten Union Springs blew the game open late with six runs in the top of the sixth inning on its way to an 11-1 win over Tioga here Saturday morning in the IAC Small School Championship baseball game at Wells College.

“Shea (Bailey) pitched great,” said Tioga coach Kevin Evanek. “He kept us in it until the sixth when we kinda fell apart.

“We left some runners on base with a chance to tie it in the bottom of the fifth,” noted Evanek.

“Hats off to (Union Springs), they made some great plays defensively and kept pressure on us the entire game,” he added.

The Wolves, now 16-0, opened the scoring with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the third inning.

The Tigers answered in the fourth. Junior Shea Bailey led off with a single, moved to second with one out when junior Garrett Godfrey was hit by a pitch, and took third base on a single by junior Tate MaCauley.

Junior Zach Mumbulo knocked in Bailey with a fielder’s choice groundout to close the gap to 2-1, but Union Springs ace Jack Walters struck out the next batter to end the threat, then limited Tioga to just two hits the remainder of the game.

Union Springs tacked on an unearned run in the fifth to make it 3-1, and Tioga threatened in the home half of the inning when freshman Cooper Dember led off with a single, and junior Luke Powell was hit by a pitch, but Walters, who allowed five hits and fanned 10 in seven innings, retired the next three batters to strand the runners at second and third.

The Wolves then put the game away with six runs in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 9-1.

MaCauley had two hits, while Bailey singled, scored one run, and stole one base, and senior Cam Rought, and Dember each added a single.

The Tigers committed seven errors in the loss.

Bailey was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs — just three earned — on four hits, while striking out eight and walking two.

Godfrey allowed an unearned run on one hit, while striking out one in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Tioga, now 11-5, awaits word on the upcoming Section IV, Class C playoffs. The brackets are expected to be released Monday or Tuesday.

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IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Shea Bailey. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMANDA BAILEY.

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